The subject of this film is proper table etiquette and is presented in dramatized form by a group of teenagers who are attending a birthday party honoring the host. A full three course dinner is served consisting of the usual soup, meat, and dessert.
MWS Betty setting the dinner table
VO: "Betty, our hostess, is having a few of her friends to her home for a birthday party."
Producer and Director: Edward C. Simmel. Original Screenplay: Joseph E. Johnston. Director of Photography: Harry F. Burrell, S.S.C.
March 14, 2018 Subject:
Gluttons for punsihment
All through this monstrosity I was shaking my head and wondering who the heck ARE these people that believe that high manners is a sure way to be accepted in society? Again, this is a frightening film to behold, as a dinner party from hell starts off DISASTROUSLY. Why, the napkin is in the wrong place and the butter knife is incorrectly placed! More dinner problems are faced, as the guests stop and wonder if they've done the right thing all throughout the meal, which makes for one bizarre sight. Having good manners, the narrator says, makes for a good party. But just by looking at this film, one wonders if these people are total sadomasochists by conforming so much to how they're supposed to act (the olive eating is the absurd highlight.. Does one pop it into your mouth, or take a bite out of it? and what about the pit?) at the party table. Definitely a must see on this site. But warning: Seeing this and 'Dining Together' may just warp your mind.
December 15, 2013 Subject:
Betty The Clutz
Poor Betty hosts a birthday dinner for her school chums and the whole affair turns into one long, tense comedy of etiquette errors. Suffice it to say a good time was NOT had by all. I rather doubt teenagers cared about these things even in 1945.